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Charming Lakemont Pines Cabin

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Our adorable 1000 sq ft cabin is not your typical rustic getaway. We know you'll love our peaceful, clean and comfortable place in the woods!

The decor is modern and relaxed, with comfort in mind throughout. The spacious front bedroom has a queen-size bed while the larger rear bedroom has a queen and twin bunks. In the summertime, the beds are fitted with lightweight duvets, with cozy wool blankets added during the colder season. New mattresses and pads make for comfortable support.

The open-plan kitchen has new appliances and a spacious breakfast bar, and the adjacent dining area seats six. The toasty gas fireplace and large sliding glass door to the deck make this a perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes with a cup of cocoa and a view of the snow laden pines.

The welcoming but uncluttered living room includes a comfortable double sleeper sofa. We have a TV, DVD, Roku box with video games, and loads of movies, books, games and puzzles to enjoy, plus free WiFi if you really must stay in touch.

In the evening, put your grilling skills to test on the spacious deck, complete with dining and lounge furniture and gas barbecue. Steaks under the stars! (Please note that deck furniture is put away during the rainy season and reappears by Memorial Day. The grill is out year-round.)

We're ideally located in the desired Lakemont Pines neighborhood with its wonderful private lake for swimming, fishing or just floating your boat. Full guest privileges during the mid-June to Labor Day summer season (including horseshoes, volleyball, children's playground, lodge, snack shack, loaner kayaks and more) are included with your rental. You can enjoy the lake off-season, too! If you're in the mood for a hike, the trail-head into the national forest is just at the end of our road, and the lake is easy walking distance from the bottom of our lot.

If you've never been to the Arnold area, you're in for a treat! Ideally located in the Stanislaus National Forest, we are 30 minutes from Bear Valley Ski Resort to the north, and 20 minutes from the charming gold rush town of Murphys, with its wine tasting rooms, boutique shopping and gourmet restaurants. Also nearby are Columbia State Park, a preserved gold rush community; Calaveras Big Trees State Park and its giant sequoias; and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, not to mention golf, winery tours, cave tours, zip lines, horseback riding and more! If you're in the mood to enjoy nature, we are steps away from a trail-head into the national forest, and on to the Arnold Rim Trail, designed for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, and Yosemite Valley is only two hours to the south.

Arnold weather is ideal for all-season fun! The warmest months are June through September, with average temps in the perfect upper 70s - low 80s range. The cabin is shady and cool even on the hottest days, and the lake water temp is in the mid-70s. Ski season normally begins in December and carries through mid-April. Because we're at 4,000 feet, we get the postcard views without the heavy snow load of the folks farther up the hill, which means easier access during the snow season. And spring and fall are normally in the 55 - 65 range -- perfect for checking out the fall foliage in Ebbetts Pass, or visiting Yosemite without the crowds.

**PLEASE NOTE** We do not charge a cleaning fee! Instead, we require our guests to do a light clean before leaving, including wiping down bath and kitchen surfaces, beds made, and floors swept/vacuumed/lightly mopped as needed. This does include taking out your trash and emptying the vacuum if needed. We also do a deep clean as needed.

Refundable pet fee: We have received complaints from the neighbors about barking dogs. In the case of complaints or damage, your fee will not be refunded. Refunds are at the discretion of the owner. Pets should not be left unattended at the cabin unless crated with the cabin windows closed to avoid damage and disrupting the peace of the neighborhood.

Refunds/Cancellations: We cannot offer any refunds within 30 days of the first night of your stay, for any reason.

More Details

Elis Imboden
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About Elis Imboden

Elis grew up camping in the woods of northern California, and as a busy mom and university administrator, loves the tranquility of reading a good book on the deck before anyone's awake. Lucas is also a reader and enjoys the many books, games, and puzzles at the cabin, as well as swimming in the lake and skiing at Bear Valley.

Elis Imboden purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Elis Imboden chose Arnold

Arnold is ideally located, with loads of activities but plenty of peace and quiet. Perfectly situated just above the snow line, there's usually enough of the white stuff for a winter postcard view, and summers are nice and toasty.

What makes this cabin unique

When Elis bought the cabin in 2011, it was badly in need of a makeover. She saw nothing but potential. After plenty of hard work with the help of family and friends, she is proud to welcome guests to enjoy the results. Updates continue, with new area rugs and bathroom improvements on the way!

Guestbook comments from the owner

What can we say about this wonderful and tranquil gem in the woods? We had such a fantastic time at Elis's mountain retreat, my only wish is that we could have stayed longer! This is a great place for friends, couples, families, or even one person to come and get away from it all. All the amenities you need are here (including lots of games I wish we had more time to play!), and what you don't have can be obtained at the shopping center down the street (great market, BTW). Having access to the private lake is also a huge bonus, as well as the close proximity to Big Trees State Park. I really can't wait to return to the cabin for more grillin' and more chillin'. Thank you!
Jul 2015
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Arnold Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1) One set of twin bunks
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Bring your sheets and towels--everything else is provided! Have we mentioned: wineries, historical gold rush towns, horseback riding, cave tours, zip lines, snow skiing/boarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, dining, shopping...?


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Charming Lakemont Pines Cabin
average rating of 4.814815 based on 29 reviews


  • 4 of 5

very nicely appointed, wonderful rear deck, clean, only small issue: no dishwasher which is a little hard with more than two people--but we really liked the stay there.

Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this cabin. Very clean and such cute decore. The beds were confy and my girls loved the bunk beds. We will definitely be back! Thank you Elis!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place was great!

  • 5 of 5

This is the one you are looking for!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute cabin But too hot

  • 1 of 5

The cabin itself is nice and clean.It was hot while we were there. It was incomfortable and we were not able to sleep with the heat.

It needs air conditioning.verizon cel worked;ATT did not work there.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Martinez, California

Beautiful & perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We love Arnold but haven't yet found "the perfect" cabin rental for our family despite staying in several different ones....until we stayed here. I was a bit leery about the "self-cleaning" feature, but the cabin was fresh and clean and neat as a pin!

We hit perfect spring-like weather and enjoyed quiet walks. The neighborhood is so quiet! Our daughter loved the swing and our dog loved the deck.

Thanks for sharing your cabin with us!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable, cute, bargain!

  • 5 of 5

Everyone is right: it was very clean, nicely furnished, appealing to the eye. Everything was in very nice condition and fairly new. Great rate. We were able to bring our dog. Owner was very helpful. Open floor plan made being together, relaxing and cooing easy. We were very, very please and will return.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Pet Fee $75
Property Damage Protection $59

Please note that we do not charge a cleaning fee. Instead, we ask require guests to leave the cabin clean when they go, including surfaces wiped clean, trash taken out, floors swept or mopped as needed, dishes washed and put away and anything else that may be required to restore the cabin to a clean and pleasant condition. Please note that this may mean emptying the vacuum if it's full. We do a deep clean at least once each month.

Pet fee will be refunded in full unless we receive a report of damage or a complaint from the neighbors about barking. Dogs should not be left unattended at any time unless crated with cabin windows closed to avoid damage and disturbing the peace of the neighborhood. Refunds are at the sole discretion of the owner.

Please download the Rental Agreement. It is understood and agreed that payment signifies that the Agreement has been read, fully understood, and accepted by both parties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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